Sunday, February 25th at 4 p.m. **(please note later start time) the Underground Series celebrates Max Colley III’s new recording “Jubilee” with a concert including Max on trumpet, Michigan State University’s Diego Rivera on saxophones, Luther Allison at the piano, Liany Mateo on bass and Western Michigan University’s Keith Hall playing drums.
A native of Grand Rapids, West Michigan Jazz Musician of the Year 2014, Max Colley III, is a multi-talented musician, being equally adept at trumpet as well as drums. Max has performed for 3 presidents and with many entertainers and internationally acclaimed musicians including, Louis Bellson, John Pattitucci, Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Maria Schneider, Wess Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Belgrave, Robin Eubanks, Marcus Printup, Todd Williams, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, Sean Jones, Randy Brecker, Xavier and Quincy Davis, and Phil Woods.. Today, he is the Jazz Events Coordinator at Michigan State University.
2017 marked the 100 year anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie’s birth, and social media was frowning over a perceived lack of Gillespie’s influence in today’s music. Wait a minute! On this new album “Jubilee” Max Colley III plays Dizzy’s composition “Tour De Force” with Gillespie’s principle protégé, now master musician in his own right, Jon Faddis. The legacy of Dizzy, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, in fact the entire history of jazz, is addressed on “Jubilee,” which features over 33 musicians ranging in age from 20 to 87 years old.
Adventure Music is proud to introduce you to Max’s most ambitious recording project to date.
More information at: Max Colley III
Take a listen here: Max on Trumpet Max on drums
This year’s Underground Concert Series is underwritten in part by The Grand Rapids Therapy Group, providing West Michigan with experienced and innovative family, individual, and couples counseling at 500 Cascade W Pkwy SE #240, Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (616) 591-9000.